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Boyce

Brentwood, TN, United States

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  • 29 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 135 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • The Rich and the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille (editor)
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean, Sandra Burr, David Colacci, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    The rich are very different from you and me. Blessed by great wealth, they can get what they want, even what they shouldn’t have. Cursed by great wealth, they become the targets of others who will risk everything to become affluent. Nelson DeMille introduces twenty original tales by today’s most elite mystery writers who explore the life (and death) styles of the rich and infamous.

    Boyce says: "Short stories various authors"
    "Short stories various authors"
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    Was The Rich and the Dead worth the listening time?

    Yes, it was worth the listening time, which was about 90 minutes. My expectations for short story collections are very low. If there are 12-15 stories in the collection and I find two or three good stories, I'm happy. Doesn't mean I don't wish they were all good. I wish they were, but I have never yet found such a collection that has more than two or three, out of the whole, that is of any interest to me. Nelson DeMille's story was excellent and I will listen to it again. Lee Child's story held my attention, but I will probably never listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Now....was it worth the price? NO....a resounding NO. It should have sold for less than ten bucks. It certainly was not worth one entire credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Park Avenue Tramp

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Fletcher Flora
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    During one of her blackouts, Charity McAdams Farnese walks into a downtown bar named Duo's and into the life of Joe Doyle, second-rate piano player and a man with a bum heart. Yancy the bartender knows that she's trouble, a rich girl with an itch, but Joe won't listen. All he knows is that Charity wants to love him. But Charity has a husband Oliver Alton Farnese. Oliver is a creature of habit and allows Charity her flings. But when this fling turns serious, Oliver has his own way of dealing with the situation.

    Boyce says: "Fascinating"
    "Fascinating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Park Avenue Tramp to be better than the print version?

    I have been reading all my life with my eyeballs. I have now made the discovery and transition to audio reading and never ever even bother to open a print book. I am not sure why this question is asked. There is only one answer. Yes, this book and every book.


    What does Michael Kramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Let me reframe the question. What do the actors bring to a Broadway play that you would not experience if you just read the screenplay? Michael Kramer gave a performance based on a print book. He performed every word, every sentence and every syllable, acting several different parts, including a woman who was the primary character and he performed it flawlessly. Michael Kramer is the reason I bought the book. I know the kind of performance he delivers from other books I have heard him read. He did his same flawless work here.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I was riveted. Fortunately, it is a short book (written in 1958). I listened in every spare moment.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend it. It is a fascinating read. Park Avenue Tramp.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Namedropper

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Brian Freemantle
    • Narrated By David Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Harvey Jordan is no ordinary thief. A few years ago, an identity-theft scheme left him destitute, his fortune stolen and his wife gone with it. After two years in the gutter, Harvey learned who ruined him and returned the favor, stealing back his money by taking over the crook’s identity. He didn’t recover his wife, but he did find a new career.

    Boyce says: "Good Story/Excellent Narration"
    "Good Story/Excellent Narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story. Drew me in immediately, The only problem is that Harvey, the main character, is pompous, conceited and demanding, so much so that I began to tire of his ways. Harvey is British and a substantial part of the book deals with his relationships with two attorneys, one in NYC and the other in NC, and even the one in NYC is originally from NC. David Franklin does a superb job with the southern accent, the best I have ever encountered. The primary female character is also from NC gentry, and Franklin does extremely well with her voice and accent as well. Things get a little rough when three more southerners are added to the mix, requiring him to perform and differentiate between six characters from the South, each with a different version of the accent. However, had the narration not been as good as it was, I doubt I would have listened to the whole book. Harvey, also done, of course, by Franklin (British accent) was a bit of a pill in his personal relationships.

    On the whole, however, I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (491)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Riveting Legal Thriller!! Phenomenal Narration!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rosenberg has crafted a riveting legal thriller with dozens of twists and turns with no clue as to how all issues might be resolved. It drew me in from the first sentence. I was in the last twelve minutes of the book before I saw how all the issues could be drawn together perfectly, along with several surprises that I had not guessed. The three main characters are attorneys in a megafirm in LA.

    The narrator, Christopher Lane, is a story unto himself. Stunningly excellent performance. He has an amazing voice. Quite deep and smooth, and yet he performs several females, one of whom is one of the three main characters, so you hear a lot from her. I never perceived the female voices as coming from a man. He performed 8 secondary characters who had big parts, all in separately distinguishable voices. I never thought they sounded alike at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (435)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "Typical Carl Hiaasen"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was fairly entertaining. I read the whole book, with a bit of skipping. But I liked it enough to finish it. And I have no qualms about closing a book that does not hold my interest.


    What could Carl Hiaasen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Hiaasen is Hiaasen. I read several of his books in the late 90's and got kind of tired of him. I thought the audible rendition might be better and it was...a bit. I will probably not read anymore of Hiaasen's work.


    Have you listened to any of George Wilson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Wilson did an excellent job.


    Was Strip Tease worth the listening time?

    I would not have read it through if it were not worth the time in entertainment value.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Molly's Game: From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Molly Bloom
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twenty something petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen - she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know - celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires.

    Verne Backus, M.D., M.P.H. says: "Poker Princess survived and excelled"
    "Brilliant and Street Smart"
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    If you could sum up Molly's Game in three words, what would they be?

    An absolutely outstanding read. Could not put it down. Written in the first person by Molly Bloom. Personal tales in the first person can often be boring. Not this one. She started as a petrified admin asst to a brutal boss, but she recognized every opportunity and took advantage of it. Developed fantastic street smarts, built a poker game among the richest of the rich and most famous Hollywood A-Listers. Smart, aggressive, and master of handling these very big names and personalities, not a few of whom were/are card carrying sociopaths.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Campbell is an excellent narrator. Would love to hear more by her. One small idiosyncrasy. She consistently pronounces the short "a" sound as though it were "ah". So "fascinating" becomes "fahsinating". Sounds a little snooty and definitely incorrect. I noticed it more and more as the book progressed. I would certainly enjoy hearing her perform again though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hideaway

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Michael Hanson, Carol Cowan
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    He was clinically dead after the accident - but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life. But something terrible has come back with Hatch from the other side.

    Annette says: "First Knootz"
    "You either Like Koontz or you don't"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Another author. I should have known better. I have read a number of Koontz novels in the past. But that was before I became a fan of audiobooks. Reading him in print, I used to skip vast portions of his syllabic gushing. Koontz, unfortunately, does not know the meaning of "efficient and concise use of the English language". I have just read one-third of this book and we have just covered the automobile accident and the airlift to the hospital. And I have skipped through, at the very least, one-third of that. He probably has a wonderful ending, but I cannot endure the trip with Koontz.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan – was your favorite?

    Hanson and Cowan both did a fabulous job. Of the two, I preferred Carol Cowan. She has a marvelous voice. Michael Hanson gets a bit too involved in enunciating Koontz with dramatic flare. Whereas, Carol Cowan tones Koontz down, Michael Hanson seems to add to Koontz's grammatical circus. I think he would be great with another author.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Despair


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweepers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    In 1969, a Navy SEAL, a trained assassin on a confidential mission, is dropped off in the Vietnam jungle. Days later, a U.S. gunboat returns to pick him up, but the boat's young captain panics under fire and leaves the SEAL behind. Twenty years later, that young captain is now a Pentagon admiral as the SEAL returns to Washington, D.C.

    Aaron says: "Amazing Story, Very Gripping"
    "Deutermann's Best!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Sweepers?

    I read Sweepers about ten years ago, followed by several other Deutermann books. Now that I am an audiobook fan, I went back to Sweepers because the plot has remained fresh in my mind over the years, and I wanted to hear Dick Hill read it. Great story, very believable. Love the way Deutermann, with a Navy career behind him, talks about the machinations of military protocol so knowledgeably. The sweeper is an erie character.

    In my opinion, this is Deutermann's best, but that may be because it just appeals me. I was in Vietnam, so I could really identify with the whole situation involving the sweeper (not that I did anything like that). I have enjoyed his other books that I have read also, and just finished Zero Option on audio, which is also excellent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Can't Have You:: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Kevin Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (84)

    The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

    Kippoe says: "The Coward and the Angels"
    "Typical true crime"
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    What disappointed you about If I Can't Have You:?

    The authors' writing skills, or lack thereof. The authors deluged the reader with incessant detail. It was like reading a police report, in which every detail must be recorded. Every word, every expression, every breath were recorded and passed off as authorship. It got very boring very quickly.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It will not be true crime. Probably a mystery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Laural Merlington and Kevin Pierce ?

    Actually the narrators were pretty good. However, I will note that narrators should be careful what they narrate.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration at the authors. The description of the book sounded very good and could have been good. The story is interesting. It is the inept telling of the story that makes it sound banal.


    Any additional comments?

    I am thankful for Audible's generous policy on returns.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Derailed

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By James Siegel
    • Narrated By Gregory Harrison
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Every day Charles Schine rides the 8:43 into New York City to do the job he has done for over a decade...until the day he is late for his regular train, and sits down across from the woman of his dreams. He is about to discover that once you leave the straight and narrow, getting back on track is the most perilous journey of all. And for Charles, that journey - of lies, terror, and deception - has just begun.

    J says: "its just ok"
    "Dark, very dark!!"
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    Would you listen to Derailed again? Why?

    This is the second time that I listened to it. The first time was about 8 years ago. Really a good read. Major suspenseful twist that I never saw coming the first time. One of the reasons I reread it was because I kept thinking about that twist and I wanted to listen again to how it was developed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The big twist mentioned above.


    Who was the most memorable character of Derailed and why?

    Charles. The story was told from his perspective. Gregory Harrison is an excellent narrator. Did a fabulous job.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah....I also saw the movie about ten years ago. Guess I really like the story. Oh...Jennifer Aniston starred as Lucinda, so I was seeing her as I listened to the book. Made it even better. I think it is one of her best movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Mauro Hantman
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (274)

    Now a modern classic, as gripping in its tautly plotted action as it is penetrating in its exploration of a criminal mind, it tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to get where he wants to go. For he has dreams; plans. He also has charm, good looks, sex appeal, intelligence. And he has a problem. Her name is Dorothy; she loves him, and she's pregnant. The solution may demand desperate measures.

    karen says: "Nothing like a classic....."
    "Superb in every way!!!"
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    If you could sum up A Kiss Before Dying in three words, what would they be?

    Cunning sociopathic murderer


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes...I could not put it down. It is a very tightly woven, detailed murder mystery with a huge surprise that took me completely by surprise, so much so that I had to stop reading and work through what I had just read to figure out what had happened. The vocabulary is wonderful and specifically descriptive. I will read it again.


    Have you listened to any of Mauro Hantman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first Hantman performance for me, but my next selection will be a performance by him. His voice is perfect. He performs female voices every bit as well as he does male voices. His pacing is perfect. His voice is a pleasure to hear.


    Any additional comments?

    Set, and written, in the 1950's, it was a welcome return to the days of my adolescence. I really enjoyed that aspect of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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